Kate Moss was rather mean with her time at Feastival. Several times we saw her charge by at a hundred miles an hour, but she didn’t stop and chat, unlike less nervous guests, such as Paloma Faith. Kate has a farm nearby, with some Damson trees, which produce so much fruit that she’s decided to bring her own brand of Damson jam to market, which she’s called “Kate’s Sweet and Sticky”. She posed with the food writer Gizzi Erskine for some publicity photos with a jar presumably made from last years’ crop. Someone should tell Kate that the Cotswolds is no place to be making Damson jam.
The home of Damsons is of course the Lyth Valley, at the centre of which is the Damson Dene Hotel, where the Damson Society hold all their meetings. She should come to the Lake District one day, and speak to the experts. At the same time we would be more than happy to let her into the secret of making Damson Gin, a few drops of which would maybe encourage her to be less uptight.
The idea of Slow Life is to take the principles of Slow Food, which are “good, clean and fair”, and extend them to life in general.
Here in the Lake District, the air is clean, the pace is slow and the atmosphere is calm. If we don’t grow food ourselves, we can buy it in friendly small shops, where you know the quality is going to be the best.
This blog is a celebration of the Slow Life, with forays into the world of design, music, the arts, gardens, and my particular weakness, Japan.